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 Ride Schedule for November 2019
SAT NOV 2 3/TM/64 Bill's 79th Birthday Ride
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am start   Rain Date: Sat Nov 16
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot

Why 64 miles for a 79th birthday ride? Well, I couldn't come up with a good, flat 79 mile route that didn't involve a remote start and finish -- I'm old and not in shape to do 79 hilly miles -- and 79 KM or 49 miles is just too short, so I averaged the two and have posted this nice 64 mile loop starting and ending at Orinda BART and with lunch at The Forge in Danville. I posted it as TM, my likely pace, but Ts and Ms are welcome. RSVPs appreciated so I can have a headcount for lunch. 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31345273

SAT NOV 2 5/T/50 King Ridge/Hauser Bridge
Leader: Lenore McDonald     (415) 300-6744
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Nov 10
Start Location: Duncans Mills
UPDATE:

Rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 10.  Same time and place. This ride is cancelled for Nov. 2 due to the fires, air quality and trauma occurring in Sonoma County currently. (thank you PG&E).  Contact Ride Leaders if you have any questions or concerns. 

This is a gorgeous and challenging ride featuring 5,000 feet of climbing and finishing with a spectacular descent down Meyer's Grade to Route 1 into Jenner. The route is challenging along remote country roads - and rewarding for strong T riders.

Important: Bring plenty of liquid and food. One possible water stop just past the half way point may or may not be available and no real food options once we pass Cazadero about 5 miles in. There will be an optional stop at Aquatica Cafe in Jenner (about five miles before the end of the ride) to refuel with some creamy hot chowder. Park on B Street in Duncan's Mills. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30059612

SUN NOV 3 4/M/106 * Arnim's Cotati - King Ridge Birthday Ride [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Oct 26. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN NOV 3 1/M/44 Early Bird Waterfront Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson  
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Explore the Waterfront trails from Oakland to Richmond.  This ride will cover various road conditions from the smooth bike path on the Bay Bridge to some rough roads at the Port of Oakland then along the Waterfront to Point Richmond and back.  Be prepared for various road hazards including rough pavement, road barriers, detours, train tracks, and some car traffic. We will return to NB Bart around 12:30.  Please pre-register or RSVP by email with ride leader. Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22119195

Please note the pace has been changed from TM to M pace.

TUE NOV 5 5!/MB,M,TM/13 South Park Scramble (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

You can think of this short (distance) ride like an evening spin class with good intervals. We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park one - three times (round trip). Cyclists of different paces are welcomed on this ride such as MB, M, TM. Slower paces may climb less vertical feet and ride fewer miles than faster riders. At this time of the year South Park should be closed to motor vehicle traffic. If you complete 3 round trip ascents up South Park, expect 13 miles and about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. If you can't meet us at the start, feel free to join us along South Park Dr.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390

Please bring front and rear lights and set your lights to steady and not blinking. Ride route subject to change without notice. 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please check the website for ride updates if there's unfavorable weather.

WED NOV 6 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

THU NOV 7 4/TM/67 Duros West - Nicasio to Valley Ford
Leader: Mark Nienberg     (510) 812-9312
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Nicasio

We'll ride from Nicasio to Valley Ford for lunch via Chileno Valley and return via Middle Road to Hwy 1.

RideWithGPS map

We will start when everyone who arrives by the meeting time is ready to ride. If you arrive after the meeting time, you can probably chase us down at the Cheese Factory.

FRI NOV 8 1/TM/35 Bay Trail / E-ville / Point Richmond
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto  
Leader: Kenneth Karda   (510) 530-8389
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

We will ride to the Emeryville marina, then North on the Bay Trail for a clockwise loop to the Red Oak Victory Ship, Miller-Knox Park, Ferry Point Tunnel & lunch @ Little Louie's.  There will be option to bypass the tunnel. This is a no drop ride.

SAT NOV 9 4/LT/23, 4/T/50, 4/TM/34, 4/TM/65, 4/M/77-87 Alex's Second Saturday All-Club Ride (repeats monthly)
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot

Meet and sign-in at 9:00, introductions at 9:15, then roll. The first 7.5 miles all pace groups ride together at a social pace...you'll ride with club members you might not see for the rest of the month. After that, we split into five separate pace groups. The pace groups are named after musical tempi: Largo, Adagio, Andante, Allegretto, and Presto. Click on the tempo for the exact route. More information about this ride, excluding route details, is posted on-line at http://www.grizz.org/rides/assr.php. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, or for other questions, contact ASSR Coordinator John Buenfil. Leaders TBA.

SAT NOV 9 1/LT/15 * Bike and Bird Arrowhead Marsh, MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland
Leader: Pat Greene     (415) 481-5469
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Coliseum BART

This birding ride is co-listed with Golden Gate Audubon, with Cathy Bleier, csbleier@sbcglobal.net, as co-leader

We will cycle and bird our way to a high tide (about 6 ft.) at Arrowhead Marsh. Leaders will use BART trains scheduled to arrive at the Oakland Coliseum BART station at 9:26 and 9:32 from SF and East Bay, respectively. Riders and potential drivers should meet near BART ticket machines. The route enters the Shoreline Trail at the end of 66th Ave. (Zhone Way), with birding stops at the channel alongside the trail entry point and seasonal wetland at Garretson Point. After Arrowhead, we’ll probably head over to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary in Alameda, from where we can bike back to Fruitvale or Coliseum BART. We will look for wintering ducks, shorebirds, and rails.  Beginners welcome. Please bring lunch because THERE’S NO PLACE ALONG ROUTE TO BUY FOOD! Also snacks since lunch may be late. Possible lunch stops are picnic tables along Swan Way or near Shoreline Center. Bring binoculars, warm layered clothes, and HELMETS. Restrooms are located in the BART stations, at Arrowhead Marsh, and Shoreline Center.

Rain cancels; if weather is uncertain, email Pat the night before to receive last minute updates.

SUN NOV 10 5/T/50 * King Ridge/Hauser Bridge [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Nov 2. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN NOV 10 1/M/44 Early Bird Waterfront Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson  
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
UPDATE:

Rich City Rides posted a ride starting at 10:30 on the San Rafael Bridge bike path on this day. We may try to be at the entrance at that time, depending on the pace of the group. If we skip the Port of Oakland section it will add about 8 miles to the ride and we should return to NB Bart around 1:30.

Explore the Waterfront trails from Oakland to Richmond.  This ride will cover various road conditions from the smooth bike path on the Bay Bridge to some rough roads at the Port of Oakland then along the Waterfront to Point Richmond and back.  Be prepared for various road hazards including rough pavement, road barriers, detours, train tracks, and some car traffic. We will return to NB Bart around 12:30.  Please pre-register or RSVP by email with ride leader. Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22119195

Please note the pace has been changed from TM to M pace.

SUN NOV 10 3/TM/50 Calaveras out and back from West Dublin BART
Leader: Steve Tracy     (510) 881-6042
Meet at 9:50 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: West Dublin Pleasanton BART
UPDATE:

NOW a route sheet was graciously added by Abby:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31389916
So many choices: You may make this a leaderless 1 way ride by continuing down to Milpitas, then finding BART. You can lower mileage by turning around before most others do so. You can add by starting or ending at Castro Valley BART, or riding to or from points further North

Come ride one of the 3 best roads in the east bay. Out Foothill and Calaveras roads to the far side of the reservoir and turn back before the drop towards Milpitas. Food stop on the way back in Sunol. Meet in the Stoneridge mall parking lot just south of the BART station. Second to last stop on BART, not last station. No route sheet, similar to route ID 80 except start location and route through Pleasanton

TUE NOV 12 5!/MB,M,TM/13 South Park Scramble (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

You can think of this short (distance) ride like an evening spin class with good intervals. We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park one - three times (round trip). Cyclists of different paces are welcomed on this ride such as MB, M, TM. Slower paces may climb less vertical feet and ride fewer miles than faster riders. At this time of the year South Park should be closed to motor vehicle traffic. If you complete 3 round trip ascents up South Park, expect 13 miles and about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. If you can't meet us at the start, feel free to join us along South Park Dr.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390

Please bring front and rear lights and set your lights to steady and not blinking. Ride route subject to change without notice. 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please check the website for ride updates if there's unfavorable weather.

WED NOV 13 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 13 Regular Club Meeting and Potluck Dinner (repeats monthly)
Meet at 6:30 pm

Join us for a delicious potluck dinner, a program presentation, and the club's monthly business meeting. This month's details are in your Wheel Truth newsletter.

THU NOV 14 3/TM/66 Duros West
Leader: Mark Nienberg     (510) 812-9312
Meet at 9:30 am
GPC Route: Rockville Winters loop
Start Location: Rockville Bike shop

TENTATIVE: Air quality has been pretty good in this area, but check back here for possible changes if it worsens.

From the south, take Hwy 80 and take the Suisun Valley/Pittman Rd exit. From Oakland or east of the hills Hwy 680 to Hwy 80 is probably faster. Go left on Suisun Valley Rd. After about 1.7 mi go left on Rockville Rd. The bike store is on the left. Park all the way in the rear of the lot, not in front of any of the stores.

We will ride a 66 mile loop up to Winters for lunch and back via Wooden Valley, passing the glory hole at Lake Berryessa, which is high and dry this time of year.

SAT NOV 16 3/TM/64 Bill's 79th Birthday Ride [Rain Date]
UPDATE:

Ride happened on Nov 2 so this version is unnecessary and therefore cancelled.

See the listing for Sat Nov 2. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SAT NOV 16 4!/TM/86 * King Ridge Loop from Valley Ford
Leader: David Brown     (510) 508-4215
Leader: Alison Kuehner     (510) 219-3929
Meet at 8:15 am for a 8:30 am start
Start Location: Valley Ford, School Rd.

This is a late-season King Ridge loop that can be finished before dark (lights recommended just in case).  We will start at the Valley Ford school, there is parking in front for 4-8 vehicles, carpool if you can.  There is a 40 mile stretch with no food, so either bring your own or plan to buy at the Cazadero store (which makes sandwiches).  We will avoid the stretch of highway 1 around Bodega Bay by reversing our route back through Duncan Mills and Occidental.  The route follows rugged, remote roads with no cell reception, make sure you and your bike are well prepared!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31346872

SAT NOV 16 2/TM/25 or 2/TM/40 * Richmond Bridge Opening Ceremony: Ride from Richmond to San Francisco
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Leader: Rick Rickard     (510) 908-2349
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: Richmond BART

Join our friends at Bike East Bay for the ribbon cutting to open the Richmond Bridge to bicyclists. See https://bikeeastbay.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1554&reset=1 for details. We'll ride together to the ceremony. After that the fun begins. We'll all ride across the bridge into Marin. Rick will lead a contingent back to the East Bay, and take the Bay Trail south to end at El Cerrito Plaza Bart. Phil will ride to Paradise Drive and then take the Richardson Bay Trail and over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, ending at Montgomery BART. If you need to bail out before that you can take the 11:40 or 1:40 Larkspur Ferry to San Francisco. Bring Clipper Card or train fare for BART.

For Rick's route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31425451

For Phil's route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31415955

SAT NOV 16 2/T/28 Mama O'Melia's Third Saturday Ride (repeats monthly)
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot
UPDATE:

Dean will be unable to lead this month so Jim O'Melia has graciously volunteered to come out of "retirement" to lead the November "Bear Claw" ride.

Ride out to Pinole, along San Pablo Dam Road and Pinole Valley Road.  Our goal is to get some riders who may cringe at riding the hilly 'bears route'; but who would like to do about 30 miles to maybe get back into riding again. Planned destination is the Bear Claw Cafe, a quaint, old-timey family bakery in downtown Pinole, with a visual historical treat in the alcove next to the building. Faster riders are welcome, too...just save me a Bear Claw! Bring a friend. Optional lunch at Orinda Square (Petra's Greek Cafe, Europa Hof-Brau, Nation's burgers, Subway, Peet's and Starbucks). https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14580950. Check out Social Biker Group on Facebook. Join free.

SUN NOV 17 1/M/44 Early Bird Waterfront Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson  
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Explore the Waterfront trails from Oakland to Richmond.  This ride will cover various road conditions from the smooth bike path on the Bay Bridge to some rough roads at the Port of Oakland then along the Waterfront to Point Richmond and back.  Be prepared for various road hazards including rough pavement, road barriers, detours, train tracks, and some car traffic. We will return to NB Bart around 12:30.  Please pre-register or RSVP by email with ride leader. Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22119195

Please note the pace has been changed from TM to M pace.

TUE NOV 19 5!/MB,M,TM/13 South Park Scramble (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

You can think of this short (distance) ride like an evening spin class with good intervals. We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park one - three times (round trip). Cyclists of different paces are welcomed on this ride such as MB, M, TM. Slower paces may climb less vertical feet and ride fewer miles than faster riders. At this time of the year South Park should be closed to motor vehicle traffic. If you complete 3 round trip ascents up South Park, expect 13 miles and about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. If you can't meet us at the start, feel free to join us along South Park Dr.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390

Please bring front and rear lights and set your lights to steady and not blinking. Ride route subject to change without notice. 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please check the website for ride updates if there's unfavorable weather.

WED NOV 20 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

THU NOV 21 3/TM/67 Duros West - Bolinas via Woodacre
Leader: Mark Nienberg     (510) 812-9312
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: San Rafael - Marinwood Community Center

From Marinwood we head to Fairfax via Big Rock, San Geronimo, and Woodacre. Then over Bolinas Fairfax road to lunch in Bolinas. Return via Hwy 1, Olema, and Platform Bridge.

Route on RideWithGPS

We'll start when everyone who arrives by the meeting time is ready. If you arrive after the meeting time, you can probably catch us at the Woodacre Market (mile 14.5), where we will take a break.

SUN NOV 24 1/M/44 Early Bird Waterfront Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson  
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Explore the Waterfront trails from Oakland to Richmond.  This ride will cover various road conditions from the smooth bike path on the Bay Bridge to some rough roads at the Port of Oakland then along the Waterfront to Point Richmond and back.  Be prepared for various road hazards including rough pavement, road barriers, detours, train tracks, and some car traffic. We will return to NB Bart around 12:30.  Please pre-register or RSVP by email with ride leader. Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22119195

Please note the pace has been changed from TM to M pace.

SUN NOV 24 4/TM/26 * Dublin back to Castro Valley
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: West Dublin Pleasanton BART

Meet on the South side of West Dublin station. We'll head south on Foothill towards Sunol. After a quick regroup we'll get down Niles Canyon to Palomares. The ride ends in Castro Valley, but stronger riders may choose to continue up Redwood Road and Pinehurst.  Here's the route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31493062

TUE NOV 26 5!/MB,M,TM/13 South Park Scramble (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza
UPDATE:

Tuesday Ride CANCELLED due to rain.  Ride postponed to Wednesday, 11/27 weather permitting.

You can think of this short (distance) ride like an evening spin class with good intervals. We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park one - three times (round trip). Cyclists of different paces are welcomed on this ride such as MB, M, TM. Slower paces may climb less vertical feet and ride fewer miles than faster riders. At this time of the year South Park should be closed to motor vehicle traffic. If you complete 3 round trip ascents up South Park, expect 13 miles and about 2,500 feet of elevation gain. If you can't meet us at the start, feel free to join us along South Park Dr.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390

Please bring front and rear lights and set your lights to steady and not blinking. Ride route subject to change without notice. 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please check the website for ride updates if there's unfavorable weather.

WED NOV 27 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

THU NOV 28 4/TM/35-55 * Palomares
Leader: lisa susan mcphate  
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start

Palomares out and back starting in Oakland and ending at Castro Valley bart or Oakland.

Meet in the front of Cycle Sports, 3530 Grand Ave, Oakland. Take Wildwood, Crocker, Hampton, St James, Leimert, Butters, Skyline, Redwood to Castro Valley. Heyer, Forrest, Omega, Center to Castro Valley Blv. Palomares out and back. Return to Castro Valley Bart or return to Oakland by Redwood rd. approximate route: https://www.strava.com/routes/22750224

FRI NOV 29 1/L/26 San Leandro shoreline
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Leader: Karen Street     (510) 356-7081
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Dec 1
Start Location: Fruitvale BART

We cycle along Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline, out and back to San Leandro Marina, then loop around Bay Farm Island. Most of the ride is next to water, the bay or canals, and it's mostly on trails. 

* Rides shown with an asterisk were added after publication of the Wheel Truth newsletter.

November 2019 Statistics
WeekdayWeekendTotals
Rides Published in WT 12 9 21
Rides Added after WT * 1 3 4
Totals 13 12 25